Updates on this storm are now being posted on this page, with video of lightning over Hilo.
UPDATE (2:30 p.m.) – With the sound of thunder rolling over Hilo, the National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a flood advisory for the Island of Hawaii until 3:45 p.m.
From the NWS message:
|* at 1242 pm hst… Radar showed heavy rain upslope of hilo town. The area of heavy rain was nearly stationary and increasing.* other locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Hawi… Waipio Valley… Honokaa… Hilo… Mountain View and Volcano.
Stay away from streams… Drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding.
Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding… Reduced visibility and poor braking action.
Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle or on foot. Turn around… Don’t drown.
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Beware wet and wild weather this weekend.
“Weather conditions will be favorable for the development of thunderstorms with possible funnel clouds through 6:00 p.m.” said the National weather Service in a Special Weather Statement issued on Saturday morning. “If thunderstorms occur… Seek shelter to protect yourself from lightning. If funnel clouds extend to the ground… They can produce dangerous winds. Remain alert for changing weather conditions and stay tuned to NOAA weather radio… Or local media sources for further information.”
The National Weather Service also issued a flash flood watch for all Hawaiian Islands, in effect through Sunday afternoon.
Meteorologists say a trough aloft has made the atmosphere unstable, and southeast flow has brought in a lot of moisture.
Residents are urged to avoid camping or hiking near streams and low lying flood prone areas.
“A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. flash flooding is very dangerous,” says the NWS. “Remember that it does not have to be raining heavily where you are for flash flooding to occur.”
We will update this page if severe weather hits Hawaii Island today or tomorrow.